Unfortunately, it seems that ... our elected officials do NOT represent "the people" once they are in office. Instead, they represent the government. While they are salivating over millions of new tax dollars, the people whose money generates those tax dollars are being ignored.
Jackie Murray in
the Coeur d'Alene Press
The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.
Frederick A. von Hyack
The Port of Seattle will soon begin its acquisition of 17 North Burien homes, Burien City Council members were told Aug.
For the third time in the past five years, the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church will serve as host to Tent City, which acts as temporary housing for about 100 homeless people and has moved around the city and its suburbs in the past years.
But unlike past years, when tempers have run high and accusations amuck, hardly any protests have come from Ballardites so far with Tent City's planned visit of Aug.
There is $500 million worth of city-street and bridge repairs that have been ignored too long and Seattle City Council President Jan Drago says it is time to get to work on that.
"The next four years, the focus needs not to be on big capitol development, but on maintenance, both major and routine," she said. "The era of big capitol budgets is over for a while as far as I am concerned. We need to focus on the smaller things that are more realistic for us to deal with.
Monorail planners should figure out how many miles of guideway and how many stations can be built for $1.5 billion and, if necessary, get ready to put an altered version of the Green Line before the voters this fall, said Cleve Stockmeyer, one of two elected representatives on the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors.
Stockmeyer also recommended building a dual-beam guideway on the West Seattle Bridge instead of a single-beam guideway as had previously been planned.
Mayor Greg Nickels weighed into the fray last week with a letter
The West Seattle Junction Association's board of directors said Friday it had hired Angela Rae as its new executive director, replacing Kay Knapton who left earlier in the summer.
Michael Hoffman, president of the association, said Rae has "an extensive background of experience and an enthusiastic attitude that will help us shape the West Seattle Junction into the thriving business district we desire to be."
"Her knowledge and talents in nonprofit administration, marketing, planning, copy writing, transportation, and grant writing/administration will be a great asset to o
The owner of the Meal Makers restaurant property will appeal a recent court ruling that would allow the city of Burien to take their land for development of Town Square.
Robin Oldfelt, a spokeswoman for Strobel Family Trust, told the Times/News on Aug. 12 that "we'll follow all avenues of appeal to be able to keep our property and develop it according to the original Town Square objectives."
King County Superior Court Judge Michael Heavey determined on Aug.
Voters in the Highline School District may be asked in March to approve another bond measure to build four new elementary schools and finance other district upgrades.
A fifth elementary would also be rebuilt using state matching funds if voters approve the bond.
In March 2002, voters passed a $189. 5 million bond after two previous rejections.
"The first phase covered about one-third of what we need," board president Tom Slattery commented at the Aug. 10 board meeting.
Board members will hold a work session on Aug.
Federal Way News
While the chefs fired up the barbeque outside, US Representative Adam Smith turned up the heat indoors as he fielded a series of direct questions from Federal Way residents about homeland security, transportation, health care and economic development in Washington.
The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce invited Smith (D-Tacoma) to address more than 100 of the city's movers and shakers at its membership barbeque, held at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club last Wednesday.
The congressman said Federal Way residents will receive traffic congestion r
Just like many other times since the project was revived in the early 1990s, the State Route 509 extension program is again partially on hold.
The reason is Initiative 912 - the ballot measure that would roll back the nine and half-cent gas tax approved by state legislators earlier this year.
The Legislature earmarked $30 million for the extension project through the gas tax, but Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) staffers are waiting to see what voters will do in November concerning I-912.
As they wait, design work